June 21, 2020 at 10:18 pm #3031980cpa1234Participant
Just taking another shot at this, to see if any CPAs still stalk this site and have also passed the CFF. I took part one and found out I failed right after. I am now waiting until July 18th to take the exam again (used to see a bunch of free space to take exam now there's a month long wait?) and since we get no feedback on what we did right and wrong, I don't even know what else I can do to prepare. I did the AICPA review course, and the two certificate courses worth 21.5 CPE credits. I have notes and I have been reviewing them, but without knowing what I did wrong the first time I don't know what to do for next time.
I just want to know your experience with the exam, what you did to prepare, any advice helps!October 26, 2020 at 1:13 pm #3138906
Hi cpa1234, I am also stalking here on occasion, and took the CFF exam #1 yesterday. FAILED. I have been a CFE for 20 years and did the entire review course. It's maddening to get -0- feedback and I have to suspect there are some psychometrics at play, which is why there is no disclosure as to passing grades. I'll keep taking it until I pass, because, hey, that's what I do. It's my super power.
Best wishes!October 26, 2020 at 9:42 pm #3139323
I have not taken the CFF so unfortunately I cannot give you any advice. However, I am taking the CFE soon and I was curious how you guys have used the credential. Thanks in advance.October 26, 2020 at 9:45 pm #3139338
Congrats on going for your CFE. I set up my own firm and work independently as a Fraud Examiner/Forensic Accountant/Financial Crimes Investigator.October 27, 2020 at 10:32 am #3139608
CPA50 you are still here! I repost your epic FAR journey once in awhile for other hopefuls! Great to hear from you!October 27, 2020 at 11:52 am #3139644
Hi!! Glad my pain can inspire others 🙂 It was a long, interesting journey. After I finally passed all the exams, I still had more education credits to cross off. (Thanks California) Happy to say I AM A CPA now! But, want the brass ring. I want the CFF, mostly because that was my original goal when I started this many years ago when dinosaurs ran the AICPA. And, I think it will make me the cool, nerdy kid.October 27, 2020 at 2:55 pm #3139824
you are the cool, nerdy kid. you were epic then as now…
hats off to you and your inspiring Dad and beloved daughter for their support…
Good luck, i know you will get the CFF. not for me, though, it took me too long to get the experience for the CPA, no way am i signing up for another certification that requires experience i do not yet have…but you, all you have to do now is pass the exam! go get it done!October 27, 2020 at 3:13 pm #3139848
Thanks! My father passed away in February 2019, and I received my CPA certificate August 2, 2019 – HIS BIRTHDAY! I know he was there with me.October 27, 2020 at 5:06 pm #3139947
he really was!October 28, 2020 at 9:05 pm #3140733
Was it difficult getting new clients? Also, did you already have experience in the fraud world? I do tax and audit for a large regional firm but have never actually worked on fraud engagements.October 28, 2020 at 10:04 pm #3140778
Hi Maverick, My path was very twisty. After 20 years in small business management and marketing, I decided to become a contract bookkeeper. My first gig, I uncovered a fraud. Became a CFE and did court accountings for law firms and government agencies. Then took on more and more clients and volunteered with the local Sheriff and DAs office. Decided to get my CPA because I was tired of explaining that I wasn't one, and also attorneys like to hire credentials. I've spent many years volunteering and trying to get my name out there. It's always a challenge to work for yourself, but very rewarding! You might start by telling your boss what your interests are and seeing if you could shadow some fraud work to learn the ropes. Best wishes!!November 5, 2020 at 7:34 pm #3147033
Thanks for giving me some additional information about your situation. I just turned 26 and I am at a large / regional accounting firm and we have a 62 year old partner that is our primary CFE person. We have approximately 30 offices so developing a niche would be a good way for me to advance. Also, we do not have anyone in the office who solely works on fraud engagements so I believe that I could snag that role if we have the demand and opportunity. My plan is to finish the exam before tax season and then start looking for ways to build a practice once 4/15 rolls around.
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